Fairbanks novelist Hill wins national award

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Alaska author Kirkpatrick Hill has won the the 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction for her book “Bo at Ballard  Creek.” The book, illustrated by LeUyen Pham and published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a division of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group, follows an orphan girl adopted by two gold rush miners. 

A resident of Fairbanks, where she was raised, Hill has previously been honored for her novels for young readers, “Dancing at the Odinochka” and “The Year of Miss Agnes.” Both are set in rural Alaska where Hill taught school for many years. 

The Scott O’Dell award includes a prize of $5,000. It was created in 1982 by the Scott O’Dell (1898-1989), best known as the author of the children’s adventure “The Island of Blue Dolphins.”